In early 2017, the Immunobiology Working Group on Diversity & Inclusion was formed to reflect on departmental culture, foster greater conscientiousness, and celebrate and increase diversity in the Immunobiology community. The faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students that make up this group work together to not only establish practices that increase diversity at all levels of the department, but also raise awareness of issues related to diversity and inclusion.
The primary goal of the Immunobiology Working Group on Diversity & Inclusion is to create a more inclusive, informed, and engaged community.
By disseminating knowledge of diversity-related issues throughout the department, all members of the department are treated with the utmost respect to create an exceptionally collegial environment. This collaborative environment fosters creativity and high-quality research.
Not only does the Group aim to establish a community in which all members are well-versed in topics of diversity and inclusion, but also to build practices that increase diversity at all levels in the department.
Therefore, the Group is dedicated to increasing the diversity of the student, postdoctoral, and faculty bodies by recommending changes to the department's recruitment and hiring practices.
The fostering of ideas of diversity and inclusion should not be limited to those in higher education and research but is important at all levels of the training pipeline. As such, the Group is actively involved in the promotion of initiatives in which members of the Immunobiology community are involved in high school and undergraduate outreach initiatives.
The Immunobiology Working Group on Diversity & Inclusion is excited to work with the department to nurture a highly accepting community. Through the Public Service Announcement Awareness Campaign to workshops and trainings to a collection of resources for incoming students and postdoctoral fellows for support and intervention in instances of harassment and discrimination, the Group is the main departmental resource for all aspects of increasing diversity and inclusivity. Additionally, the Group is working to create a system for more direct trainee involvement in student recruitment and more transparency and trainee input in faculty hiring such that trainees are involved in the establishment of a more diverse community in the Immunobiology department at Yale.